Russell T Davies
Executive Producer/Creator/Show runner
Russell T Davies is one of the UK's most influential and highly-regarded television writers. In 2008, he was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his writing services to television, and in 2006 he was honored with the prestigious Dennis Potter Writer's Award from BAFTA.
In 2003, Davies was charged with reinventing "Doctor Who" for a BBC One's primetime audience. Davies' regeneration of the title took the nation to fever pitch and huge ratings success. This critical acclaim characterized his five years as lead writer and show runner, with audiences reaching peaks of 13 million and over 40 percent share. The series won countless awards, including a BAFTA for Best Drama Series and National Television Awards for Best Drama and Actor, four years in succession.
The success of "Doctor Who" led to Davies' creation of two new series, "Torchwood" and "The Sarah Jane Adventures." In the UK, "Torchwood" retains its record as the highest-rated drama on the digital channel BBC Three. The title's move to BBC One led to further ratings and critical success.
Davies was also the writer and creator of the critically-acclaimed and vastly popular "Queer as Folk," the adaptation of which ran for five years on Showtime. Other credits include award-winning series "The Second Coming," "Bob & Rose" and "Casanova."
Julie Gardner is Russell T Davies' producing partner and Senior Vice President, Scripted, BBC Worldwide Productions. Prior to joining the team in 2009, Gardner was Head of Drama Commissioning and Head of Drama for BBC Wales. In this role, she was responsible for heading up the revival of "Doctor Who," as well as the successful series, "Torchwood" and "The Sarah Jane Adventures." Her leadership also led to the production of an unparalleled string of hit dramas including "Life on Mars," "Ashes to Ashes," "Being Human," "Girl in a Cafe," "Stuart: A Life Backward," "Mistresses" and "Casanova," for which she received a multitude of awards.
Jane Tranter kick-started the scripted and unscripted push of BBC Worldwide Productions in January 2009 as EVP and head of the company. In addition to refreshing and overseeing hit shows such as "Dancing with the Stars" and "What Not to Wear," Tranter has seen into production "Torchwood: Miracle Day," "Top Gear" and a range of other programs currently in production with a variety of cable broadcasters. Working across both reformats of acclaimed British shows for U.S. audiences, as well as original pieces, Tranter and her team work with broadcasters, producers and talent on both sides of the Atlantic.
Before coming to the States to join BBC Worldwide Productions, Tranter held the post of Controller of BBC Fiction in the UK. With a budget of approximately $500 million, Tranter was responsible for commissioning the BBC's entire drama, comedy, motion picture and program acquisition output, leading a portfolio of diverse and distinctive productions including "Little Dorrit," "Criminal Justice," "Gavin and Stacey," "Heroes," "House of Saddam," "Doctor Who," "Rome," "Blackpool," "Bleak House" and "State of Play."
From 2000–2006 Tranter was Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, responsible for leading the team that modernized and reinvented the BBC's drama output. Before that, Tranter headed up in-house drama at the BBC working as an Executive Producer on a number of award-winning films, mini-series and series.
In 2009, Tranter received BAFTA's Special Award in recognition of her outstanding creative contribution to the television industry.